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Kris Jenkins' game-winner for Villanova in last year's national championship game against North Carolina will be on highlight reels for decades to come.

That's not to say they weren't tough.

Carolina Tar Heels entered the ACC Tournament in Brooklyn as the No. 1 seed.

The Trojans, at times, try to go one-on-one too often and don't share the ball as much as they should, which results in bad shots and empty possessions. Then got Nova for the repeat, 84-79, in the final. "That means we're in the national championship, first of all". Look for the Tigers to stick in the game for at least the first period.

It never fails; nearly every year my bracket is busted by a seed of 10 or higher in the first round of action. This will be the Razorback 31 Final tournament appearance.

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Gonzaga players celebrate after defeating Saint Mary's in the championship game of the West Coast Conference tournament on March 7, 2017. Although the Golden Gophers are ranked higher, the Blue Raiders are favored by mostly all bookies and could easily end up upsetting the Gophers. Kennard and Allen average a combined five three-point shots made per game. This Arizona team has one of the most consistent offenses in the field this year, and should be hard to stop.

Out of spite from past year, I have Miami beating MSU today in an 8-9 match-up.

Wake Forest head coach Danny Manning and Bryant Crawford had the unfortunate fate of being knocked out of the NCAA Tournament before it really began.John Minchillo/APThe NCAA Tournament is now underway with First Four games played on Tuesday night and two more coming on Wednesday. "Wherever we're placed, we're just excited to play in a tournament like this".

If they were, neither team would be playing for a trip to the Sweet 16, but NCAA games are notoriously decided by great players making great plays, and if this contest comes down to a last shot, it's highly likely Kennard or Thornwell will be taking it.

Ian Baker and Braxton Huggins each scored 19 points for New Mexico State (28-6). They are so well-coached.

NCAA Tournament First Four 2017: UC Davis takes down NC Central
Three-pointers by Lemar and Darius Graham helped the Aggies equal their largest lead of nine points at 52-43 with 11:47 left. They grab just 29 percent of their misses, which probably has something to do with being in the 300s in average height.

The madness of the round of 64 starts today, and the Kaimn staff has got you covered.

But down on the 4-line, the Florida Gators could be a solid bet to win it all if you're looking for a team that can bring you good value.

This is the first one done by winning four games in four nights, with the conference expanded to 15 teams.

Yes, there are always the annual feel-good stories about schools like South Dakota State that allow us to forget the tournament basically functions as a giant piggy bank to enrich the bigger schools while players get little more than pizza money.

The #7 Dayton Flyers (24-7) will dance for the 4th consecutive year.

OR should beat Iona but they are extremely depleted to make a run in this years tournament. They have a pretty solid unit that is capable of upsetting some strong opposition.

JaCorey Williams, Middle Tennessee. Still not impressed? Well, check this... "Did a great job of winning our regular season". In the history of the program, the Shockers have faced the Flyers only twice, losing both times, with last one dating back to 1962.

The Blue Devils will have had almost two full weeks off since their last game, a loss to Notre Dame in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament title game on March 5.

The #2 Kentucky Wildcats (29-5) are once again being mishandled by the selection committee, so do many think. After the loss to NCSU, still-idled K reportedly chastised players in his home - and forbid them to wear Duke gear, or even use their locker room.

Duke counters with freshman 6-foot-8 post player Tatum.

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